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Old 04-09-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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Don't want to spend lots on a piece meal approach if there are better options. I am not alone....

I need a black box VHF with command mic. I have very limited helm space (see photo). I want to get AIS as well, now or in the near future.

I have at the helm (1999 Glacier Bay 2670):

Furuno Fish Finder

Garmin GPSMAP 2006c Chart Plotter (THT says will not link up to the Garmin VHF 300 AIS)

Furuno Model 1622 Marine Radar

I have installed elsewhere a back-up Icom IC-M412 VHF.

For my primary black box VHF I am interested in either the Icom IC-M400BB or the Garmin VHF 300 AIS. Other options?

1) I believe that I have room for 10" displays (?)

2) Do you know what set-ups boaters really like. For example, an independent AIS display (allowing one to check vessel id info easily) or the AIS tracked onto a chart plotter or both?

3) For AIS displays have been looking at the Icom MA-500TR, Si-Tex MDA-1, or Vesper Watchmate 850 (looks really nice).

4) Does it make more sense to upgrade the Garmin 2006c, or keep it and buy stand alone AIS display?
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Old 04-09-2016, 07:04 PM   #2
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If your going to do AIS I suggest it be on the plotter.
I suggest the 2006c be replaced with a current offering from Garmin such as the 7610XSV
The Garmin 300 Black Box will pair nicely
As for the dash space we can fabricate a new face for you that will gain as best I can tell at least 4 inches in height and width. Do you have the current measurements of the dash off hand?
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Will measure dash out today and forward, PM?

Thank you!
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If you can email that would be even better.
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